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How to add colour and character to your rented home

Get creative with colour with these 10 tips for injecting character into your rented property

How to add colour and character to your rented home

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Rented properties have a tendency to be decorated in neutral tones and furnished sparsely. While a blank canvas can be exciting, if you want to get your deposit back, options such as painting, refurbishing the kitchen and bathroom, or putting up shelves are often off limits. So how do you add some life and make your home feel like your own? Try adding a little colour…

Putney, Loft Conversion

Seat yourself colourfully

If you have a kitchen seating area, put your own stamp on it with soft furnishings and colourful accessories. Cushions, crockery and even a bowl of fruit will brighten up the space a treat and create a cheerful mood.

Victorian Railway Carriage


Decorate everything but the kitchen sink

Kitchens in rented homes tend to err on the conservative side, but you can work around the standard neutral or monochrome units with colourful accessories. From containers and appliances to tea towels and blinds, kitchen décor is rich in colourful options.

Victorian House Southfields

Brighten with bedding

Brightly coloured bed linen is one of the fastest ways to dress up a bedroom – a coordinated sheets and duvet set can take the whole mood from drab to fab in about 5 minutes. As well as bed linen, consider an attractive headboard – this floral number makes the bedroom positively bloom.

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Take a scholarly approach

A bookcase full of brightly hued tomes lends both colour and character to a neutral room. For added impact, colour-coordinate your book collection and surround it with other bold accessories.

LG House - Dining


Say it with flowers

If you’re searching for the quickest and easiest way to add colour to your home, look no further than fresh cut flowers. You don’t need many to add bright colour to a neutral space – a few blooms in a jam jar can work wonders. Display them in every room for an easy, immediate lift.

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John Street, WC1


Punch hard with soft furnishings

You might not be able to change the colour of the room, but you can colour everything in it. Curtains, rugs and upholstery in bold hues will draw any focus away from neutral walls.

Portfolio from various projects

Colour all bases

There’s no reason white walls and beige carpets have to result in bland décor. You can immediately transform the feel of a room with a statement rug and accessories such as neon lighting, bright ornaments, cushions and colourful artwork. Or you can do all of the above at the same time, as seen here.


Little Girl

Consider non-permanent wall art

Removable stickers are an easy way to add interest and colour to walls. Decals are available in a huge range of sizes and designs and peel off easily, so creating wall art has never been more versatile or convenient.


Edinburgh Georgian townhouse apartment

Don’t forget the shower

Shower curtains are a super-functional feature, often reflected in very generic styles, but don’t overlook this opportunity to add style to your bathroom. Look for an unusual design, like this beautiful vintage-style print, and finish the look with complementary artwork and accessories.

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Eclectic Stoke Newington Apartment


Choose quirky lighting

You might not be able to pull out the lighting, but you can change what covers it. Lampshades, especially in rented properties, generally aren’t the most inventive of accessories and replacing them is a great way to infuse colour and personality into a room. Be inspired by the customised colander shades in this chirpy kitchen.

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Meera Innes, Houzz Contributor


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